Tuesday, January 20, 2009

in the sheep again

Well, hello!

Happy New President Day! Exciting, yes? That's all I can say about it. I think a lot of us are kind of shocked into quiet wonder. (Second only to President Obama's inauguration speech was watching the Bushes get out of Dodge. Wee!)

I've been a lazy blogger, but I've missed you guys. I have a couple more posts in the can and will put them up soon. In the meantime, I'd like to fill up the space with a thank you for dropping by, and for allowing me to be a presence in your life over the past year. I really appreciate sharing this space with you. :)

Okay. Projects. Of the knitting variety. I believe I've caught the bug again, which is great. If you knit, you've likely seen this scarf more times than you'd care to count, lol. It's the Noro Striped Scarf, catapulted into the stratosphere of popularity by Brooklyn Tweed. It's a fun, easy knit. -- Wait, it's the presidential limousine! Wow. This is so CRAZY! What a day. -- Where was I? Oh yeah. It's fun, and mine was pretty cheap. (Otherwise I probably wouldn't have made it.) I got four of my five skeins of Noro Kureyon from the legendary Black Sheep sale, for 75% off. While Natalie was here at the beginning of the month (more on that later), I bought another skein at Yarns 2 Ewe. It was full priced but I couldn't resist the colorway. I had yarn left over from the scarf and there's nothing else I would do with it, so I made a hat.

The set is for Bubs, who doesn't complain about wearing wool. When I blocked the scarf, I added a little hair conditioner in a softening attempt. People who swear by this are right, the conditioner made a significant difference. I didn't block the hat. I'll tell Bubs to grow some hair and be sure to condition it when he puts it on.

I don't work alone anymore. Mira is my assistant stylist, as well as my model.

Most of the time, though, she's just Mira the Menace.

Project Notes
Scarf pattern:
Noro Striped Scarf. Good times. Measurements: 6" x 85"
Hat pattern:
Basic Hat. A good go-to pattern for a frill-free chapeaux.
Yarn: Noro Kureyon. The two colorways I used most, 51 and 147, I bought because of the sale (236 was the later, Yarns 2 Ewe skein). If not, I would've picked warmer colorways, and maybe more contrast (read: there'd be orange, lots of orange). Still, I like the way the scarf came together.
Pleasure principle: Janet Jackson would give it a thumbs up, or a boob out. One of the two.


Ellen Bloom said...

The scarf looks great...ALWAYS a fave! Hey! The hat looks super comfy. Excellent idea. Maybe I'll make a hat to go with my stripey scarf!

Adrienne said...

LOVE the scarf!! Awww lookie at the kitty!

travellersyarn said...

Welcome back, and have you noticed Noro Cashmere Island for sale at webs?

Elbee said...

Ooooooo, Aaaaahhhhh.
That's a crazy picture if the cat!

Stacy said...

Great scarf.... but really, AMAZING day, huh? I have such a crush on the whole Obama family.

woolanthropy said...

I saw this on ravs earlier today. i love the hat.

Man, Mira looks like a gargoyle in that picture. She is a menace! Give Cuddles some love from me and tell her to stay out of the cupboards.

j.kaori said...

Gorgeous colors, but Mira is the star! It was great to wave goodbye to the last 8 years, wasn't it?

Frank said...

Oh gosh, those are BEAUTIFUL!